The Consuming Body
This is a fascinating examination of the relationship between consumption, the idea of the body and the formation of the self. In tracing these connections, The Consuming Body develops a profile of individuality in the late twentieth century - in both its bodily and mental aspects.
Pasi Falk offers a major synthesis and critical assessment of the debates surrounding the body, the self and contemporary consumer culture. He explores two fundamental issues for modern social theory - the delineation of modern consumption and the body's historically changing position in various cultural orders. In the course of his argument he examines both metaphors of consumption and investigates the issues of representation in advertising and pornography.
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28, No. 2, 1985: 115—36 with the title 'Corporeality and Its Fates in History'.
Reprinted with the permission of Scandinavian University Press. Chapter 4 (
Towards an Historical Anthropology of Taste) was originally published in Social
Ten or 15 years ago it was possible to argue that the body was a topic which had
been systematically and seriously neglected in the social sciences, particularly in
the sociology of modern culture. However, in the 1980s a small trickle of books ...
The third arena within which the sociology of the body has played a major
theoretical role in recent debates in the social sciences is in the area of medical
issues. The sociology of the body has been important in providing a sociological
view in ...
existing social theory of the body is that it fails to move beyond the notion of
representation and social construction to a genuine understanding of social
reciprocity which is the core issue in any sociological perspective. Falk's superb
The nature of corporeality and embodiment leads directly into the question of the
self and the social actor. The characterization of the social actor has been an
issue which has dominated the entire development of the social sciences,
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Chapter 7 Pornography and the Representation of Presence